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Gentex hiring 30 + workers

Caroline MacGregor
June 21, 2013 | WGVU     “Our model is very unique; we're the largest electronics manufacturer in Michigan. We're packing electronics, primarily into the interior rear-view mirror; we have about 85 percent of the world market.”

Gentex Senior VP, Bruce Los, who says they hold over 600 international patents. All of the manufacturing for innovative products used in vehicles around the world is carried out at the company’s facility in Zeeland. In response to a growing North American market, the company is looking to hire and plans to hold a job fair Friday to fill more than skilled positions.

 “Our primary focus is two and four year technical degree graduates that are in the electrical area or manufacturing engineering.”

Recent college graduates will be considered along with current workers looking to expand their career opportunities with an innovative company.

Reacting to the news Benteler Automotive is closing one of its West Michigan facilities, Los says both companies have a very different focus. While Gentex focuses on features that improve driver vision, Benteler develops components and parts for the vehicle’s body, chassis, and engine with a focus on light weight construction design. Still, Los is hopeful for an opportunity to hire displaced Benteler workers.

 “Any time in West Michigan we lose jobs, that's a bad thing. We're certainly excited and would welcome any of those people that fit the kinds of jobs we are looking for - I'm hopeful we'll see some of them here at Gentex seeing if there's some alignment between what they've done and the electronics world that we live in.”

The Gentex job fair will be held Friday, June 21st at its new facility on East Riley in Zeeland from 9am-2pm

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